It’s one final warmup game for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy before the MLS Cup Playoffs as they host the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 28 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. With a 15-11-6 record (51 points), the Galaxy will finish the regular season in fourth place in the MLS Western Conference and will take on a team that they may not face until as early as the Western Conference Finals, assuming both the Galaxy and Sigi Schmid’s Sounders get the job done.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Sunday’s regular season finale between the Galaxy and Sounders at Victoria Street.
1. All In To Win
Even though there is not much to play for, both teams want to come into the MLS Cup Playoffs with plenty of momentum. So, this will be treated as if this was the Western Conference Finals first leg. Both sets of starters will be out to give the fans a show at the Home Depot Center.
2. Seattle will dominate a number of stats
In this match, the Sounders, fresh off a perfect group stage performance in CONCACAF Champions League Play, will dominate a number of key statistics: possession, passing accuracy, open play crosses, attempts on goal and duals won. However, the leads in these categories will be close.
3. Here comes Eddie Johnson
The red-hot Eddie Johnson comes to town to wreak havoc on the struggling Galaxy backline. This season, Johnson has scored 14 goals this season to lead the Sounders, and will look for No. 15 on Sunday. Johnson will score in the first half.
4. More of the same from Fredy Montero
The tandem of Johnson and Fredy Montero has been lethal, to say the least. Montero is Seattle’s second-leading goal scorer, with 13 goals to his name. No. 14 will come in the second half against Los Angeles.
5. Robbie Keane on a roll once again
While the Sounders have Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero, the Los Angeles Galaxy has Robbie Keane, who leads the Galaxy in goals scored with 16. The Republic of Ireland international will fancy scoring a brace in the first half to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
6. No goals or assists for David Beckham
It’s going to be a quiet night for David Beckham, who is not expected by the View from Avalon to leave much of an impact on the pitch against the Sounders. There will be no goals or assists from LA’s No. 23 on Sunday.
7. Long-distance bomb from Juninho
When Juninho scores, it’s a Goal-of-the-Week type of volley, and the young Brazilian just has a knack for delivering these types of goals. Juninho has seven goals this season for the Galaxy, and a second-half golazo is in the books, according to the View from Avalon.
8. Tough day for the goalkeepers
This is a match full of offensive explosions left and right. LA’s Josh Saunders and Seattle’s Michael Gspurning will have a tough time making saves. Under six stops each will be made for Saunders and Gspurning on Sunday.
9. Over 25 fouls and at least three yellows
A physical game will be on the cards between two playoff-caliber sides. There will be plenty of tackles and high emotions before the November push. Over 25 fouls will be called and at least three yellow cards will be issued.
10. Los Angeles wins the hard way
Juninho’s heroics will come late, but the Los Angeles Galaxy will steal a victory from the Seattle Sounders in a match that looks to be a draw at first. Home field advantage combined with the need for momentum against Vancouver on Nov. 1 will be tantamount to the Galaxy’s chances in the regular season finale.
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Seattle Sounders 2